AHA trustee Hochman says better behavioral health care is a national priority

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Providing better behavioral health care services is a national priority for Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health. And he has made his commitment to the issue crystal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, acquisitions, population health, ACO, governance, leadership, clinical integration

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

AHA calls for additional flexibility in physician quality payment program

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The AHA earlier this week called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand its proposed definition of advanced alternative payment models (APM) for the physician quality payment program.

The AHA weighed in on the agency’s April 27 proposed rule implementing key provisions of the new... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, physician issues, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, clinical integration, care coordination, bundled payment

Hospitals, post-acute care providers look to the future

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Post-acute care (PAC) providers are critical partners in the transition toward a more integrated, value-based delivery system, panelists said at a May 1 special AHA Annual meeting briefing.

Panelists described the new partnerships emerging between hospitals and PAC providers and the regulatory thicket... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: administrative simplification, clinical integration, bundled payment

Hospital leaders will advance advocacy agenda at AHA Annual Membership Meeting

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Hospital and health system leaders from across the country are coming to Washington, D.C., for the AHA Annual Membership Meeting, May 1-4, and to advance hospitals’ advocacy agenda on Capitol Hill.

Special sessions and executive briefings at the annual meeting will examine what it means to be a hospital... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, advocacy, access, administrative simplification, clinical integration, antitrust

AHA urges Congress to remove legal barriers to value-based payment arrangements

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Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, the AHA last week told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees.

In a Jan. 29 letter to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, administrative simplification, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

2016: Momentum of change continues

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Every single day the men and women who lead America’s hospitals are confronted with a full plate of urgent problems that require their immediate attention. Dealing with these challenges makes a daily difference in the lives of patients, employees, physicians and the community. The work they do is truly... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, Redefining the H, advocacy, members, clinical integration, care coordination

AHA urges Congress to pass SMARTER Act

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The AHA Oct. 7 urged Congress to pass the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules (SMARTER) Act, S. 2102/H.R.2745, legislation that would standardize the merger review process so that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would be required to rely exclusively on the federal courts to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, clinical integration, care coordination

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